Mon. Aug 3rd, 2020

‘Bill & Ted 3’ to Hit VOD and Select Cinemas Simultaneously Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Wyld Stallyns will travel a different route this time around.

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Bill & Ted Face the Music will bypass a traditional theatrical route to debut simultaneously on premium VOD and in any cinemas willing to play the threequel Sept. 1. Orion Pictures confirmed the shift early Thursday when releasing a second trailer in advance of a virtual Comic-Con panel set to take place this weekend.

In the fan-centric film, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their roles as Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq. to once again parade through time in their iconic phone booth. Now adults, the pair enlist the help of their daughters in a wild adventure to save the world. 

Bill & Ted 3, an acquisition title for Orion, is the latest Hollywood studio film to opt for a nontraditional release and make itself available on premium VOD or streaming amid the ongoing pandemic and theater closures across the U.S. and globe. Comparable titles include Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island and Jon Stewart’s Irresistible.

Insiders say both Orion and the filmmakers came to the conclusion that they had to alter their plans in order to give consumers a choice they feel comfortable with, and that a one-size-fits-all approach is no longer viable.

Internationally, where theaters have begun reopening in earnest, independent distributors in a number of markets are pursuing a theatrical release for Bill & Ted 3.

Orion, a division of MGM, is releasing the movie in the U.S. via United Artists Releasing.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett Photographs are Courtesy:   Patti Perret / Orion Pictures Follow us on Twitter @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwd